Monday, January 18, 2010

A Day ON, NOT a Day OFF

What I'm reading: The First Rule, by Robert Crais

Before I forget -- I'm doing the clone thing today. I'm over at author Karin Tabke's blog, The Write Life, talking more about character inspirations. Please visit! But don't forget to come back.

I was going to continue talking about how we can use frustrations to put our characters into conflict-ridden situations, but in light of the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, my post topic seemed trivial. Grumbling about Realtors or computer crises to illustrate frustration doesn't mean much after watching the news.

Officially, it's a holiday here in the states, to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. But, as this graphic says, we should think of it as a day "on", not a day "off."

Personally, we've made a donation to a charitable organization we think will do what little good our few dollars can add. There are many of them, and if you're inclined to donate, I suggest you find one you think will put your money to effective use.

This might be a place to start checking.

Tomorrow, my guest is Randall LaBranche, a man I met while working out at the Y. He used to goad me into finishing the reps on the dreaded upper body machines, and we began chatting. Turned out, he's an asipiring writer, and he's got some great things to share. Please come back and see what he has to say.


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Good point. Take a day that celebrates someone who did good works by doing good ourselves. Great plan, Terry!

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Terry Odell said...

Thanks, Elizabeth.

Marianne Evans said...

Terry, I swear, i always mean to comment on your blog posts - they're always so great! This time I actually had a few seconds to catch my breath and indulge in a blog tour to check in with folks!! Great job - and after recent events in Haiti, and across the globe, DAY ON indeed!! :-) Blessings! Marianne

Terry Odell said...

Marianne - thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoy the blog, and hope you'll keep commenting, even if it's just to say hi.

Jemi Fraser said...

Great idea! In Canada, we don't have the day off, but we certainly discussed MLK and all of his contributions to the world!

Terry Odell said...

Jemi - it shouldn't take a holiday (or a natural disaster) to remind us to think beyond ourselves. Good that you're remembering MLK in Canada.

Patricia Stoltey said...

The pictures from Haiti break my heart. I heard this morning on the radio that looters had attacked one of the orphanages that had been prominently featured on the news because so many of the children were in the process of being adopted by American families. We made our donation, but it never seems like enough.